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Se7en Challenge

It’s been a long time since I have logged onto my blog, but a challenge from my Twitter besties, @clraven has me back in front of the laptop.

So here is the deal. Go to page 7 or 77 of your manuscript. Go to the 7th line down then copy and paste the next 7 lines into your blog. Then tag 7 other people and ask them to do the same. 

I have accepted the challenge, but I can’t decide between the 7 lines on page 7, or the 7 lines on page 77…..I say, throw the rules of the challenge out the window! I am putting both!!! I hope that I can figure out how to tag some of my Writer Tweeps an issue this challenge to them, but if not, here are my two excerpts – I hope they are worthy. The lines are from my almost finished manuscript, The Other Side Of The Fence. On Page 7, Marco recalls the day he was sentenced, and how his wife reacted:

He only heard sobbing on the other end of the phone, followed by a muffled whisper saying only, “I can’t”. He hung up the phone knowing he had lost her. It wasn’t fair to her to keep pushing and putting her through the stress of siding with him against her family. She needed them now. She needed their help raising Desiree. Their marriage was over, this was undeniable. Maybe they would find some common ground again, but if not, he could get over that. He would never get over losing his daughter. Maybe her opinion of him hadn’t been completely tainted.

On Page 77, Robin finds the names of the people she believes were saved by her late husband when the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11:

She came across the piece of paper with the names on it while going through her desk tonight. She didn’t know at the time why she kept it, but now she had an idea. She might look them up. Ever since seeing the story, she had let herself believe that it was Sam. It comforted her to know that his sacrifice benefited these nice people. A part of her wanted to meet Helen and Pete to have them confirm that he was their hero, but another part of her was afraid their truth may only serve to extinguish her hope. It was a slim chance that it was him, yet as much as she wanted to know what really happened to Sam on that last day of his life, she wasn’t ready yet to face that kind of a letdown.

So that’s that. I hope you enjoyed it. You all are the first to see any of this in years, so be kind! 🙂

Now I need to decide who to issue my challenge to…I have many ideas, let’s see who will play!

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